See Earth's most geologically active environment, the Kilauea Volcano, on a thrilling helicopter ride. This remarkable 45-minute flightseeing tour emphasizes the current areas of volcanic activity. Fly over Kilauea's most recent eruption sites and follow the surface activity down to the devastated village of Kalapana. View lava flows, the Puna Forest and black-sand beaches, which were formed by lava that was cooled by water. In the course of your tour, you'll receive an informative commentary from your tour guide/pilot over an individual headset.
Note: Guests 250 lbs. and over are charged an additional rate to reserve two seats for safety and comfort. These spaces are capacity controlled. You will not be able to book this option online. Please call 1.866.625.1167 for assistance with these reservations. This tour is non-refundable once booked. Price reflected on NCL.com is inclusive of the $20 Pre-book savings. If confined to a wheelchair and able to transfer to a lift, please visit the Shore Excursions Desk once onboard to make proper arrangements.
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Customer Reviews for Circle Of Fire Helicopter: Pre-book & Save $20
Review 1 for Circle Of Fire Helicopter: Pre-book & Save $20
We highly recommend booking this tour as it was definitely one of the highlights of our cruise. After a small shuttlebus with a charismatic driver named Vincent took us to the airport, we were escorted to the briefing room for our safety training prior to boarding the helicopter. If you go on this tour, I suggest you request the ECOSTAR, the more modern helicopter with an excellent safety rating. Our pilot Adam was very good at choosing the best locations to take us. We quickly soared up through the clouds to 3000 feet as we headed for the coast and the lava rock. Adam explained history of this island and how everything changed in 1983 with the eruption of one of the volcanoes. It has been active ever since with fairly steady lava flows into the sea. When we reached the coast we were pleasantly surprised with seeing a small quantity of orange color lava flowing into the sea and launching excessive amounts of steam from the water when the lava touched it. Although the lava was hard to see because of the steam, I was able to get a couple of camera shots.
Adam then took us to the next part of the tour where we actually got to see a live eruption of a pool of lava in what appeared to be something close to 50 foot in diameter. I captured some of this on video, but the helicopter camera caught an excellent video of this phenomenon. We then saw some other lava flows and were taken to the couple of waterfalls, but nothing compared to the lava pool. On the way back to the airport we flew by the port and saw our ship from the air and took some more photos. Upon landing, we purchased the video custom-made for our helicopter trip for an extra $25.00.
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Review 2 for Circle Of Fire Helicopter: Pre-book & Save $20
A great trip, good to see the creater, although not much happening at the moment. A bit weather dependent, the people before us got cloud so didnt see the creater only the cooled lava flow. we were lucky the clouds parted just as we arrived. this is a great trip but if you can only do one hellicopter trip do Kauai
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Review 3 for Circle Of Fire Helicopter: Pre-book & Save $20
What a great trip. Our pilot made certain that everyone had a good time and was able to get great pictures. He would fly over the crater or beach both ways to ensure everyone had a great experience. Our only complaint would be that it was a little cramped...one less person in the helicopter would have been nice.
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Review 4 for Circle Of Fire Helicopter: Pre-book & Save $20
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:December
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Hilo, Hawaii
I want to go here next:Panama Canal
Date:December 24, 2011
Jeremy was a very informative pilot for this excursion. He made the experience great by getting us great views and information.